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Armed Forces: Uniforms

Volume 503: debated on Monday 11 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of waterproof clothing issued to members of the armed services. (309644)

Performance of in-service items is assessed in two ways: defect reports from the users and periodic visits to front line command operational units to seek user feedback on equipment. There have been no defect reports or concerns relating to the performance of in-service items. A trial was recently carried out to compare the in-service waterproof clothing with two commercially available products, from two suppliers, in which the in-service waterproof clothing performed extremely well.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will introduce the taped seam clothing specification developed for waterproof clothing as part of his Department’s Personal Equipment and Common Operational Clothing programme. (309645)

The Personal Equipment and Common Operational Clothing Programme is an ongoing project, and no decisions about whether to change the specification of waterproof clothing have yet been made.